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Green Lakes Organic Ale - Deschutes Brewery

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Ratings: 345
Reviews: 191
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 10.93%
Wants: 8
Gots: 14 | FT: 0
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Deschutes Brewery visit their website
Oregon, United States

Style | ABV
American Amber / Red Ale |  5.20% ABV

Availability: Year-round

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: JohnGalt1 on 12-30-2007

Alc. by Vol.: 5.2%
IBUs: 45
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Ratings: 345 | Reviews: 191
Photo of riored4v
4.3/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Reviewed on 9/7/08

Poured into a pint glass. Great, 1-2 finger, rocky, off-white head. Deep golden/brown in color.

Smell was of a mild amount of citrus hops with a nicely balanced maltiness.

Taste had a really good balanced taste. Moderate sweetness with a moderate amount of hops in the finish. Slighty spicey and fruity/citrusy notes.

Mouthfeel was a medium body with an almost cream finish.

Drinkability was excellent. Nice low ABV but a great balanced flavor.

Great session beer. Was on the few ambers I've really enjoyed.

Photo of josiahschlender
4.17/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This summer I hiked the 45 mile or so loop around Central Oregon's Three Sisters Wilderness. The Green Lakes are on the eastern flank of the mountains... what a beautiful place. Putting on quite a few miles I just passed through, but I'd definitely pitch my tent there the next time. Check them out if you ever get the chance.

Green Lakes Organic Ale is also picturesque, in a different way. Nice hearty amber in color, not totally clear but not hazy. A modest tan-colored head leaves pretty good lacing.

Nice aromas going on, really great for an American Amber. Lots of malts and hops mingling. Definitely noted the sweet caramel and bready malts, not to be outdone by the resinous, nectar and pine hops.

Flavors strikes a nice balance of hops and malt for this self-confessed hophead. Maybe more hoppy than some might like, but the sweet caramel and nutty grain malts aren't overpowered at all. Flavors aren't quite as sweet as the aromas, but are mingle for a while on my palate before a easygoing finish with just a touch of hoppy bitterness. Feel could have been just a bit more substantial, but at the same time, it's making this a very sessionable beer, as well.

For some reason, Deschutes can hardly do no wrong with what I've tried of theirs. Great work again! Kudos to making a very drinkable, quality, affordable organic beer!

Photo of MMAJYK
3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- This beer pours a beautiful and clear, bronze/copper colored ale. Head is tan colored and composed of a sporadic blend of bubbles. Not much of a pattern to it, but it hangs around for a while.

S- Smells are first nutty, then followed up with some caramel maltiness. Just a tad of roast and a touch of chocolate round out the sweetness. The hops are lightly floral and somewhat hidden in the back.

T- Malty, but light, up front with a pleasant hop bitterness in the middle. Lightly, I taste lemons and also a biscuit like taste.

M- This ale is light in the mouth with high carbonation. It's a little bit on the thin side for me.

D- Most definitely a good session beer. If I lived on the west coast, this would be my go-to session beer without a doubt.

Photo of MtVernon
4.36/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

Wow... what an excellent brew! I can only buy this at my local Fred Meyer (go figure), and I always try to get it as fresh as possible, by reaching around to the back of the shelf. This is usually a little pricier than the other micros, even when on sale, but, God, it is SO worth it!

This is the very epitome of a perfect Northwest ale. It's just beautiful, first of all - one of the best looking beers ever. Clear ruby-amber, moderate lacing, just the right amount of bubbles.

The flavor is dark, woodsy, hoppy, sweet, and smooth... absolutely delicious. Few beers I've tasted come close. This, for what it is, is right up there with Aventinus, for instance, but is a much different style altogether. There really is no comparison, but suffice it to say, this is a brew of exceptionally high quality. The smoothness and balance, not to mention the fresh, crisp, cascade-hoppy quality make this one second to none.

Be sure to get it as fresh as possible. This is not a German beer, rather it's part of a whole new renaissance of great Northwest U.S. beers. People really know their craft up here, and take it seriously, it seems. I'm from the South, originally, and there is absolutely nothing down there that even comes close of which I am aware. Not every Deschutes brew is nearly this good--but, this one is obviously exceptional. If you see it, buy it. Organic makes a big difference, and with this one, you can REALLY tell. Just delightful!

Photo of Rayek
4/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Copper colored with good clarity and minimal carbonation. Rocky cream head has nice retention, but leaves little lace.

S: Flowery and sweet. Nice lemon hop presence, plus a maple and molasses sweetness.

T: Sweet up front with maple and molasses flavors from the nose. Moderate bitterness offers a nice balance, with flavors of lemon and pepper. Finishes very dry, with a mild lingering bitterness.

M: Medium body has a slick feel to it. Carbonation level is just right.

D: Nice session beer. I found my self liking it more and more with each passing sip.

Photo of Spikester
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Dark amber with sizable cream color head and plentiful lacings.
Aroma is piney, floral.
Taste is bitter earthy hops with a good amount of sweet malts to achieve balance. I thought this might be an Organic version of their Cascade beer but I see it is listed as an Amber. Pretty bold hops for the style.
Mouthfeel is good with a fairly dry finish.
A good choice for a session with an abv of 5.2%
One of my favorite everyday beers.
Very easy drinker. Give it a try.

Photo of BradLikesBrew
3.77/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: amber body, light tan head, rather typical head.

s: sweet toasted malt.

t: toasted caramel malt, moderate hop presence in the finish. hops have a light grassy flavor to them. well balanced.

m: medium body, crisp and smooth.

d: a pretty damn easy drinking amber. nothing too special, but it has session written all over it.

Photo of Dubbercody
3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle, Nice beer, looks like a traditional amber. Picked up a sixer...and wish they had 12 packs.

Nice bit of sweet followed with a nicely hopped, a bit on the hoppier side for an amber, but a) it's Deschutes and b) it's from Oregon...what do you expect. Fantastic Organic beer, readily drinkable by the masses. Thanks Deschutes.

Photo of woemad
4.03/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased about two months ago at Bottles in Millwood for $1.49. "Best by 06/21/08." Oops.

Poured a light russet color that took on a more reddish-copper glow when held up to light. Big, two-fingered (and I have thick fingers) beige head that left a surprising amount of lace for something that should have been drunk more than a month ago. At least a half-inch of foam remained present for most of this beer's duration in my Mirror Pond pint glass. All in all, this was a pretty good looking beer.

The nose is of mild, floral and citrusy hops, a modest but clear herbal note, and a subordinate but still substantial caramel-y malt backing. This is how I like ambers and pale ales (whichever you choose to classify this as - I lean toward the latter) to smell.

The taste starts out malty, but not overly sweet. The hops are present primarily in a bittering sort of way, giving character but not taking charge of the flavor profile. There's a citrus flavor alongside the bitterness, but it's fairly toned down.

The body of this one pretty much fit the definition of "medium." Pretty decent amount of carbonation for the style, I thought. So many beers under the "amber" category seem a little too leaden.

Quite drinkable, to the point where I wish I had purchased several. Hopefully Deschutes will not consign this to that oft-mentioned dustbin of history, but will bring it back as a seasonal instead. I've generally found in the past that beers labeled organic have tended to taste a bit bland and insipid. Glad to see that doesn't always have to be the case.

NOTE FOR GEEKS OF 70'S ART ROCK: I drank this after doing some housework after getting home from work which I decided to accompany with Pink Floyd's "Pulse (sadly the VHS version-gotta buy the DVD) on the telly. Judging by the "topographic" nature of the beer's label, I should have busted out some old-school Yes.

Photo of DefenCorps
3.93/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bottle split with a friend last night

A: Deep copper with a 1" thick off-white head. Good retention but surprisingly little lacing

S: Mildly hoppy with citrus and orange aromas with a mild caramel sweetness in the back. Despite being so light, it's still delightful

T: As with the nose, it starts of mildly hoppy with orange being the most prominent of flavors. This is backed up by a mild sweetness and is followed by a mildly bitter and sweet finish

M: A little undercarbonated and a little sweeter on the finish than i like but still good

D: Very easily drinkable. One of the more delicate beers i've had recently

Photo of GilGarp
3.95/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours from a 12 oz. brown bottle into the sam adams glass. It has an amber, redish brown, color with little head and perfect clarity. Head is gone quickly and there's almost no lacing.

Aroma is hoppy but not like an IPA. More like a dry-hopped pale ale. Nice and citrusy.

Taste is very well done with some roasted malt character, some sweetness, and a good dose of hop bittering. Nothing weak about this organic ale. It's definately full flavored.

Mouthfeel is fair. I think this one might be a little over-carbonated but, other than that, it's enjoyable.

It has drinkability and I think it goes well with Deschutes' seasonal Cinder Cone Red. I enjoy both very much.

I think the "organic" label may turn some people on and turn others away. In these days of "being green" becoming trendy, I was afraid this might not have the interesting character I've grown to love about Deschutes' beers. Luckily, I gave it a try because it's really quite good.

Photo of RJLarse
3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I bought a bomber of Green Lakes Organic Ale at a grocery store. poured in to a pint tumbler.

Pours a deep garnet red color and is clear. Frothy off--white, approaching beige, head caps the beer with some resiliency.

Smell is a sweet candy caramel aroma, with some dark sugars, molasses maybe, along side.

The taste is a bit acerbic. There is a caramel malt flavor up front that gives way to a distilled bourbon flavor. There is a mildly bitter slightly roasted finish.

The mouthfeel is good. Full-bodied but not cloying. The beer is well carbonated and feels a bit like cola.

A drinkable amber. I'm not much on the style, and I am having it somewhat out of season. This is one I might be inclined to again in the fall.

Photo of PhxHorn
4.06/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Color is a deep dark red, but the head disappoints. Not much of it, and no lacing. Smells mildly of malt and hops; aroma is on the weak side. Taste, on the other hand, is a nice malty amber flavor, with some citrus thrown in. A very drinkable beer, one of the better ambers I've had.

Photo of illidurit
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

On tap at The Red in Santa Cruz. Poured into a nonic. Dark amber with a dense beige head that seems to last forever. Almost a nitro quality to it.

Aroma is kind of faint, with some standard PNW hoppiness and bready malt.

Flavor is also subdued, and it's pretty much the same as the aroma. Citrus hops with a touch of herbalness, and sweet malt for balance. On the watery side.

Mouthfeel is nitro-esque as well. Not thin but a little flat. Easily drinkable.

Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.13/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Sunset orange with just enough coral red to make it even more interesting. The unfiltered yeastiness looks great, as does the fantastic looking head. It's orangish ivory in color and is amazingly sticky. The glass is chock full of bubbly lace that easily qualifies as eye candy.

The aroma is full-to-bursting with both malt and hops. GLOA smells lightly toasted bready and earthy-herbal hoppy. The hops are Crystal and Salmon-Safe Sterling. Can't hurt the little fishies... especially since salmon is my favorite seafood. Wait just a second. Killing them and eating them is hurting them, isn't it? Damn.

It takes quite a bit for an amber ale to impress this hophead. After one mouthful of Green Lakes Organic Ale, color me impressed. The beer is beautifully hoppy, but doesn't neglect its malt side in the least. 'Both sides of the scale weighted down' balanced beer is best. And only 5.2%. These guys can brew their asses off.

The malt tastes mostly pale, with a side order of toasted brown bread (probably Munich) and caramel/toffee. Herbal, fruity, green tea-like hops dominate, while still allowing the malt to be easily appreciated. This is a classic amber that deserves to be released on a regular basis. It looks like Deschutes agrees, because six-packs are now available. Lucky Oregonians.

The body/mouthfeel, like everything else, is spot-on. It's both light-medium and creamily expansive... not an easy combination to pull off. Why can't all craft brewers be this talented?

Deschutes deserves major respect. Never mind the mindblowing excellence of The Abyss, they churn out righteous brew after righteous brew right up and down the style ladder. Green Lakes Organic Ale is one of the best ambers in recent memory. It's also an easy recommendation to anyone who loves expertly-crafted beer.

Photo of Bitterbill
4.1/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bought locally at Poplar Wine & Spirits.

I'm not all that impressed with the few Organic Ales I've tried but I'm not passing up the chance to try this...

Best by Jul 25, 2008 and 5.2% abv per 12oz bottle:

It has a nice deep amber clear colour in the pour with a 1 finger head of foam. It has some good lacing and the head retention is above average.

I get roasted and caramel malt in the nose and there's also a touch of citrus hops in the background.

The taste reveals some caramel malt along with some bread, roasted malt, some piney citrus..already, it's a lot tastier than other organics that I've tried. The pine here works really well to balance the caramel and bready malt but the overall flavour isn't really all that balanced in the usual sense but in this case, it works well for my palate and judging from how often I take a sip, this is *very* drinkable. I dare say that this is the best Organic Ale I've tried to date but even putting aside the organics, this is just a darned good brew. Tasty, drinkable, good mouthfeel,..I'm sure glad I picked up the sixer and it probably won't be the last.

Well done again Deschutes!

Photo of dbalsock
4.58/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

This was one kick-ass amber.

App: Poured dark amber/orange with a 2 finger head and great lacing. The head itself is offwhite. It looks exactly like I would imagine an amber ale to be.

Smell: A mix of caramel malt, cascade hops and bread come together. It's a very well balanced nose, but a little simple on characteristics to keep it from being perfect.

Taste: Very well balanced on the taste as well, as the hops mix with a great malt profile that isn't overloaded on caramel. A hint of roastiness, but so slight it almost isn't there as well as an equally subtle hint of molasses.

Mouthfeel: A great balance of bitterness and sweetness. Very nice body.

Drinkability: This is my new favorite amber. Very well done.

Photo of toolbrew
3.75/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Nice reddish copper color with a thick off-white head. Good head retention and good lacing down the glass.

Sweet caramel smell.

The taste is hoppier than I would expect from an amber. It hides the malt. As I drink more the malts begin to show themselves.

More carbonation in the sip than there looks to be in the glass.

I could have a few of these per sitting. I would probably opt for another brew from Deschutes, but as this was the only one I could get in my mix-6 from Montrose, CO, it is my first Deschutes beer. I will try more before I leave Colorado though.

Photo of bkilpatr
3.44/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass. 04/13/08.

Pours a deep amber color with about 1 and a half fingers of whitish head. The head faded fairly quickly but left some nice lacing. Aroma is toasted malts, with some grassy/piney hops as well. Nothing really remarkable in the aroma.

Taste is sweet caramel malts, slightly bread-like. A surprising amount of grassy hop taste as well. Slightly bitter finish from the hops. Very earthy, very organic (and slight citrus?) taste to it.

Mouthfeel and drinkability are both very good for this. Smooth and crisp, excellent amount of carbonation. Could easily drink a lot of this. Very sessionable.

Another solid offering from one of my favorite breweries.

Photo of ElGordo
3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from the 22oz bottle into a pint glass. Body is a mellow orange-amber hue, topped by a small off-white head that recedes quickly, leaving a nice amount of lacing on the glass. Aroma of mildly sweet, biscuity malt, some fruity hops, and a touch of astringency, as well as a very mild smoky character. Palate is more of the same, with a good balance between the biscuity malt and fruity hops. Body is substantial, yet still fairly light. A highly drinkable, if not particularly complex, offering from Deschutes.

Photo of DHGranstrand
4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a clear golden honey color. Good foamy head slowly yields to decent lacing.

Nice citrus hoppy smell.

Taste starts lightly of good malt giving way to clean, citrus hop finish.

Nice body, great viscosity and good finish in the mouth.

I could (and am) drinking this all night. Two of these 22oz bombers went down smoothly and easily.

This is a keeper! Deschutes has done it again with a well-balanced ale that will be a great choice all Summer long!

Keep in mind that this is $3.95 for a 22oz bomber. It is a great value.

Photo of msubulldog25
3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A pintful at Capt. Ankeny's in Portland.

A: Auburn/amber and very clear with just a few lazy streams of carbonation. Capped with a 1-finger mound of ivory cream. A dusty cover of lace clings in wide bands.

S: Minimal grain aroma, sweet cereal with a faint citric tang.

T: Grassy hops permeate this amber, giving the sweeter malt body a covering of tangy bitterness. Orange and caramel meld nicely together

M: Medium body. Carbonation seems a little subdued, giving a somewhat velvety texture after a couple sips.

D: Well-crafted brew with a fine malt/hop balance. A pleasure to drink and, at just 5% ABV, the type of easy drinker I could easily have a couple of at a sitting. Worth having on-fraught or grabbing in a bottle.

Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.69/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

A - Clear amber brew and moderately sized head, with thick clumps of lacing.

S - Slightly malty, piney and grassy.

T - A strong hoppy flavor, slightly medicinal pine taste, but mostly grassy and a bit of light amber malt.

M - Smooth, medium bodied, very refreshing.

D - Very good. A very pleasant brew. A nice amber, sessionable, quaffable - very drinkable.

Photo of dnichols
3.26/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was served this beer from the tap at the March 21, 2008 session of the Spring Beer Festival in Portland, Oregon.

A: It poured a dirty yellow colored body with a robust two finger off white head that had decent retention and supported a balanced lacing.

S: It had aromas of sweet lightly toasted malts, with hints of caramel and the smoll

T: It began with sweet caramel malt flavors and creamy yeasty flavors. That was followed by minor citrusy flavors including lemons and oranges. It hid the alcohol well and was a bit thin on many flavors.

M: It was a light bodied beer with modest carbonation and a sweet clean finish.

D: Nice ale but does not stand out as an outstanding beer. Good session brew....but only one in a crowd.

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.58/5  rDev -4.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy, reddish-amber body with a small, bubbly white head.

Smell: Mild toasted toffee aroma with some herbal hop scents with a slice or two of lemon.

Taste: Toffee-tasting maltiness with a mild sweetness. Herbal, grassy hop flavor with a cup of fresh-brewed green tea. Medium bitterness. Light acidity. Finishes dry with a light, lingering bitterness.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Sadly, it's kinda watery.

Drinkability: A decent, mild organic amber.

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Green Lakes Organic Ale from Deschutes Brewery
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